Aguillera salutes women of the Caribbean
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Captain of the West Indies Women’s team, Merissa Aguillera, is hoping that the recent success of her team will inspire women across the region to believe in themselves and always strive for excellence.
She also saluted the many hardworking women around the Caribbean who give excellent service to the sport of cricket and also contribute to the betterment of life in the region.
Aguillera, who has been an integral part of the revival in women’s cricket in the West Indies, noted that cricket remains a unifying force in the Caribbean and her players always “give all we have” when they take the field.
She was speaking as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday. She was among a list of outstanding women in Trinidad and Tobago who were honoured earlier this week.
Aguilleira said: “As cricketers representing the people of the West Indies, we know we have an enormous responsibility. We fly the flag of West Indies cricket and we also represent the many cricket-loving people of the Caribbean, including the many women who offer unwavering support. With this in mind we always aim to give of our very best. We are aware that our success on the field of play translates into many smiling faces and thousands of happy people all around the Caribbean.”
She added: “As West Indies cricketers and international sportspeople, we are also aware that we have a responsibility to be good ambassadors for the game and also to uplift women around the world. We are part of a dynamic group of Caribbean women who continue to achieve success. In the region, we have female leaders in politics, business, aviation, education, entertainment, fashion, theatre, champions in other sporting pursuits, and many other chosen fields.”
Aguillera said: “Often, when we travel across the Caribbean and around the cricketing world, we encounter many supporters – male and female – who constantly urge us to keep up the good work and strive to get better. This is our goal, and as a West Indies Women’s team, we want it to be said that we not only won on the cricket field, but we also made great gains in the upliftment and empowerment of women.”
The 26-year-old Aguillera was first selected to the West Indies Women’s team four years ago. She was named captain a year later after outstanding performances for Trinidad and Tobago. She led the West Indies to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championships two years ago in St. Lucia.
Last year, the West Indies played unbeaten to win the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 qualification tournament in Bangladesh. Earlier this week, they defeated India to win the three-match One-Day Series 2-1. Last week, they won a five-match T20 Series 3-2.
West Indies have several players in the Top 10 rankings on the ICC players list. Stafanie Taylor, the 20-year-old Jamaican, is the No.1 ranked all-rounder in the world and the most successful female cricketer in West Indies history.
Deandra Dottin holds the world record for the fastest T20 International century. She is at No.7 in the women’s ODI batting rankings. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who made her debut for West Indies at age 14, is in the Top 5 the Women’s ODI bowling rankings.